Lord, I wish we were having a cool wave.
Since when does a heat wave "break" when it's forecasted to be 88 degrees. When did 88 become "cool"?
But I digress.
I've been thinking a lot about the cool wave that's hit the nation.
Cool to be cheap. Or frugal. Or thrifty. Or tight. Or resourceful.
Whatever--pick your adjective.
My silly guilty pleasure is listening to Brenda Dayne's Cast On
podcast on my commute to work (oh yes, a 7 mile commute takes me 30 minutes, god bless New Jersey). I say guilty pleasure because sometimes I feel she takes knitting way too seriously. I find myself stepping back a bit sometimes from what she's saying and rolling my eyes.
But whatever, it's her show and she does it for free and in the technical aspect of the show she doesn't suck at it. The podcast is very well crafted. And she has some nice nuggets of info in there sometimes.
Anyway on Monday, I was listening to her last episode of her latest series which featured an essay she wrote about UK wartime rationing and clothing allowances.
She pondered aloud how she would have gotten by with the yearly allotment of clothing given to individuals during WW2 and came to the conclusion she wouldn't have been able to make it.
Next on Tuesday, I was taking a lunch nap in my car (it was too hot to walk around the office 'hood) and caught the beginning of a radio show where they interviewed a guy about his new book that details how the recession might have an upside. I want to say he spoke about clothing in the first few minutes--but I was groggy and had to get back to work. I've downloaded the episode to listen to later.
Finally today I was reading about Wardrobe Refashion's
latest round of signups for a pledge not to buy new clothes for X months (you pick the duration). I've heard of and breezed by this blog before and seen their past challenges, but it was the timing of reading about this that hit me.
All three of these clothing-recycling-frugally-recessionista themed things popping up in three days.
I got to thinking about the last time I purchased new clothing for myself.
Technically it was last year and it was maternity. But I can tell you right now, if I hadn't borrowed 99% of my Chunky-wear, I wouldn't have bought any maternity clothes.
If you exclude that purchase, then the last thing I bought was almost two years ago. It was a pair of $9 clearance sweaters bought with a Macy's giftcard.
You might remember my failed attempt to make one of them kinda cute.
But instead made it look kinda barfy.
Honestly, a lot of my clothing is either handmade by my mother (I've been rocking a set of skirts and blouses she made me back in 2000/2001 this week--they're perfect for the ungodly weather), or bought off the sale rack and/or from discount stores(think Burlington Dog Hair Factory).
Surprisingly, they've all held up pretty well.
In fact the oldest thing I have in my closet now, if you don't count the babydoll dress I bought when I was 19 and cut off 6" of and hemmed to make a transitional-maternity top when I was pregnant (I loved that dress and I used to look so damn good in it--before I had kids! I couldn't bear to part with it!), is a deep green velvet knit top I bought at the now defunct Jay Jacobs for $14 back around 1997. I still wear it every now and then. The velvet has worn kind of thin in places.
I remember agonizing over buying it because $14 seemed like so much to spend on just one item of clothing. Especially for a top I didn't really need
I just loved the color and texture so much. Even today, $14 is way too much for a splurge.
This cool wave of frugality has me wondering--what's the oldest item of clothing you own? Do you still wear it?
Oh and for the record--I could have totally rocked a WW2 clothing allowance.
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